Abu Haggag Mosque

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Coordinates: 25°42′00″N 32°38′22″E / 25.70000°N 32.63944°E / 25.70000; 32.63944

An Islamic mosque over a pharaonic era 14th century BC Egyptian temple
The Abu Haggag Mosque seen from the east

The Mosque of Abu Haggag (Arabic: مسجد أبو الحجاج بالأقصر) is a mosque located in the Egyptian city of Luxor. Specifically, it stands atop the ruins of Luxor Temple, an Ancient Egyptian centre of worship dating back to the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in the 14th century BC.

Yusuf Abu el Haggag[edit]

Sheikh Yusuf Abu el Haggag (or al Haggag) was a saint and holy man who Egyptians in the town of Luxor celebrate every year, on his Moulid (birthday). A descendant of the prophet Muhammad, he was born in Damascus, later moving to Mecca, and finally settling in the northern Egyptian town (as it was then) of Luxor. He later earned the nickname "the Father of Pilgrimage". Legend says he did not create the mosque, but saved it from destruction when officials threatened to do just that. Egyptians, on el Haggag's Moulid, dress up in colourful clothes and party and attend festive for three days! One could watch horse races, play or watch music, or go for boat rides on these special days. el Haggag has descendants who still live in Luxor, though some have left for other places.

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